A Review of Taylor Swift’s 'Lover' Album & My Favorite Songs

Taylor Swift has always been known for her iconic albums and songs. Recently, she released   her seventh album titled, Lover. I have been a Taylor Swift fan since her first album was released and I have listened to this album non-stop since the day it came out. In this article, I will be reviewing each song on her new album. 

 

1.  “I Forgot That You Existed” 

As the first song on the album, this tune has an important job because it sets the whole tone of the album. The premise of the song is to show what it feels like to be completely over something or someone. Taylor Swift’s long-lasting feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian is something that I think Taylor and everyone else is over hearing about. 

  • Favorite line: “It isn't love, it isn't hate, it's just indifference”

 

2.  “Cruel Summer”

After listening to this song, I have absolutely no idea why Taylor Swift did not release it as a single and make it the song of the summer. Along with its boppy melody and lyrics, the song proves to be relatable to many people. Having someone be perfect in all aspects except not wanting to commit to a relationship makes for a cruel time. 

  • Favorite line: “I don’t want to keep secrets just to keep you and I”

 

3.  “Lover” 

Personally, I  did not know how to feel about this song when I first listened to it. But the more I did, the more it grew on me and next thing I knew, it was one of my favorite songs on the album. With a dreamy 70’s vibe, the song expresses every feeling of love. 

  • Favorite line: “Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover” 

 

4.  “The Man” 

This song reminds me a lot of a new age “If I Were a Boy” by Beyoncé. It has many of the same themes of gender inequality. Taylor’s song different, though, as it focuses more on being a woman in the business industry and how she is perceived in the media. I think this song is something that everyone should listen to in order to understand the full impact of the gender gap. Although the lyrics of this song have a ton of meaning behind them, the song is also super catchy and I find myself constantly humming the chorus.

  • Favorite line: “They'd paint me out to be bad, so it's okay that I'm mad”

 

5.  “The Archer” 

Almost every single one of my friends have said that this is either their least favorite or the song that doesn’t belong on the album. For me, that is very interesting because I absolutely love this song and think it is fantastic. My one problem with this song is that it feels like you are constantly waiting for a beat to drop or for something else to happen. However, I think it has a beautiful meaning about vulnerability 

  • Favorite line: “Cause all of my enemies started out friends” 

 

6.  “I Think He Knows” 

This song immediately caught my attention with its catchy beat. It’s poppy and the perfect tune to jam to in the car. I love the constant fluctuation of her vocal range. Along with the beat and rhythm, I like the lyrics because they are about wanting to be with someone but not quite knowing how to say it. 

  • Favorite line: “Like, I want you, bless my soul”

 

7.  “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince”

So weirdly enough, this is one of my least favorite songs on her album, I just cannot get into it. I will say it is in the perfect spot on this album, because with it being placed in almost the middle, it slows things down and makes things a little more cool-toned and less poppy. 

  • Favorite line: “We’re so sad, we paint the town blue” 

 

8.  “Paper Rings” 

This song stood out to me. I absolutely love the lyrics at the beginning , but as soon as it gets to the chorus, I am over it. I just can’t get into the chorus and I think the rhythm of the it is not my style. 

  • Favorite line: “I want your complications too / I want your dreary Mondays”

 

9.  “Cornelia Street”

This is truly a beautiful song. Taylor uses the street to symbolize parts of a relationship. 

She shows how when you are in a relationship and things are going well, you want to travel and keep the love going. But when/if the relationship ends, going down the same street is really hard. There are so many feelings and emotions tied to this song, and Taylor expresses all of them very well. 

  • Favorite line: “Barefoot in the kitchen / Sacred new beginnings”

 

10.  “Death By a Thousand Cuts” 

Okay, so this is my absolute favorite song on her album. This song personally hurts me because it is about being in a relationship that suddenly ends and then trying to cope and deal with a life without that significant other. Not only do I love the lyrics, but the chords in the song itself make me feel relaxed. This is a song I can listen to non-stop. 

  • Favorite line: “I get drunk, but it's not enough, ‘Cause the morning comes and you're not my baby”

 

11.  “London Boy” 

This is another song that I just can’t seem to get into. It’s about London stereotypes of boys and dating people from other countries. The song is fun and playful with unique moments in it. It’s perfect if you are looking for a song without a huge meaning behind it that you can play on a random afternoon. 

  • Favorite line: “Like a child when our eyes meet, darling, I fancy you” 

 

12.  “Soon You’ll Get Better” 

If you want to cry, this is the song for you. Taylor Swift is known for the special relationship she has with her mother in this song, she talks about her mother’s ongoing battle with cancer. This song is slow and full of so many heartbreaking lyrics Another aspect of this song I like is that the Dixie Chicks collaborated with Taylor on this song, which is one of her mom’s favorite bands. 

  • Favorite line: “And I hate to make this all about me, but who am I supposed to talk to?”

 

13.  “False God” 

This song is far different from any other song on this album because it is very jazzy and it’s not just because of the saxophone. The song is relaxed and cool, but it features more than just a jazzy beat. It is about a type of relationship that doesn’t seem to be the most stable and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, but the love is there and you hope it will work out one day. 

  • Favorite line: “They say the road gets hard and you get lost when you’re led by blind faith” 

 

14.  “You Need to Calm Down” 

Most people know this song, as it came out this past summer, and it was known as an LGBTQIA anthem. It wasn’t personally my favorite song, but I did enjoy the message behind it and I love that Taylor decided to take a stand against all the people against LGBTQIA rights. 

  • Favorite line: “Shade never made anybody less gay” 

 

15.  “Afterglow”

I really like this song because it is about being insecure in a relationship; things seem to be going too well and you’re waiting for the shoe to drop and for things to fall apart and to break up with your significant other. This is something I’m sure many listeners can relate to.

  • Favorite line: “Tells me this love is worth the fight, oh”

 

16.   “ME!” 

When this song came out, everyone was very surprised and most people hated it. I actually really liked this one as well, but my only problem was the one line “Spelling is Fun.” But since she took it out, I really enjoy listening to it and I think Brendon Urie and Taylor’s voices really do work well together. 

  • Favorite line: “I promise that you’ll never find another like me” 

 

17.  “It’s Nice to Have a Friend” 

This song is very stripped down to just Taylor’s voice. She talks about a relationship that starts at a young age and moves into adulthood and all the stages she went through over time. 

  • Favorite line: “You’ve been stressed out lately, yeah, me too”

 

18.  “Daylight” 

This song kind of plays off the reputation era of Taylor Swift. It shows that she is completely over everything, has grown up and is ready to move on. I am surprised that she did not put this at the top of the album, but I think it was meant to signify the album’s conclusion. I like the chill rhythm of this song as well. 

  • Favorite line: “You are what you love” 

 

Overall, I believe this is one of Taylor Swift’s best albums and I think there is a song for everyone on it. Check it out on YouTube and Spotify!